Thursday, June 16, 2011

Lancaster, Pa's very own Celtic Fling

Whether or not you have an Irish background, the Celtic Fling & Highland Games at the PA Renaissance Faire, June 24-26, is an Irish festival that you don’t want to miss. The 13th annual festival opens Friday night, with a concert, and continues through Sunday, with a celebration of Celtic Culture. Scheduled for the same weekend as the Antiques Capital Summer Extravaganza, in Adamstown PA, you’ll have options to discover the past through antiques and a cultural celebration. Entertainers will share their love of the traditional and contemporary Celtic heritage through dancing, music, reenacting, and demonstrations. Merchants will be set up, and Irish food and drinks will entice you to try all the different foods. Demonstrations of sheep herding and glass blowing provide a glimpse into the traditional life of Celtic culture.

The most intriguing part of the Ren Faire is the Scottish Highland Games. Both men and women compete in traditional gaelic sports such as hurling, the caber toss, and the stone wieght toss to claim the title of “Athlete of the Day”. A caber is a 19 foot log, weighing up to 130 pounds, that is tossed in a specific manner to produce the highest score. Since there are so many activities to see at this Celtic Fling, I recommend watching many of the Highland games, as they will amaze you!

A convenient location to stay, if you’re visiting both the antiques and the PA Ren faire, is the Adamstown Inns & Cottages. Choose between a luxury bed and breakfast or a vacation cottage. The Firefly Cottage is perfect for small families and it’s also a pet friendly rental. At this Lancaster Pa bed and breakfast, you can relax in a jacuzzi tub, sit on the porch with a glass of wine, or in the gardens while visiting with family. There are only a few lodging options left, so call today if you’re interested in the Celtic Fling or Antique Extravaganza!
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